The Social Smoker by UEA alumna Kathryn Simmonds has been shortlisted for this year’s Royal Academy & Pin Drop Short Story Award. The winner will be announced on 11 July. Kathryn (pictured) graduated from the UEA Creative Writing (Poetry) MA in 2002. She received an Eric Gregory Award in the same year and published a pamphlet, ‘Snug’, in 2004. Her debut collection of poetry, Sunday at the Skin Launderette, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her second collection, The Visitations, was published in 2013, when she was also named as the inaugural Charles Causley Poet in Residence. Her debut novel Love and Fallout was published by Seren in 2014.